Saturday, July 18, 2015

And the Storm Came Rollin' In

pic of the storm clouds
Monday night, with very little warning, we received a storm with strong straightline winds.  Whoop, there it was!  Right on us, fierce and strong.  It only lasted for about half an hour, but it left its fair share of damage.

My sister's privacy fence isn't so private anymore
A large majority of our community was hit.  Trees were the biggest culprit.  They were everywhere.  You couldn't go down a street without branches and trees blocking the streets.  Luckily, there was no bodily injury to anyone.  Several homes and cars were damaged.

Power went out immediately for a large portion of the town.  We were completely without for one day.  The second day a friend brought a generator.  It kept the fridge and one box fan going.  It was hotter than the seventh level of hell.

Our town of 40,000 was declared to be in a state of emergency.  I did not work during the actual storm but came in a couple hours after.  The 911 calls kept on comin'.  It was one the busiest nights I've worked.

I'm impressed with how quick the power company got things up and running.  Even though we were without power for a couple of days, it could've been worse.  Adam, my teen son, saw a crew working hard to clear trees and ran down there with fluids for hydration. 
He wasn't the only one with good deeds.  Most of the community banded together to get branches cleared and make sure people were sheltered from the heat.  During this time of disaster, our community showed great kindness and teamwork.

large tree uprooted just two houses to the west of us
Things are still somewhat in disarray, but it's getting back to some normalcy.  As far as storms go, I'm good with not seeing another one this year. 


Kailani said...

Glad to hear that everyone is okay. Yes, it's nice to see people come together in times like these to help each other out.

Renee said...

I'm glad no one was hurt and people are working to get things back in order for your community. Nothing like not having power to make you appreciate your air conditioner in the summer! Did you hear about the deadly Marine shooting in Chattanooga, TN this week? That senseless bloodshed is what our community is dealing with right now (we live about 30 miles away.) Tragic.

Melissa Storms said...

That looks like it was quite a storm.We have had several really rough storms with incredible winds this year too.

Sue Hull said...

Wow! I'm glad your all ok a no one was hurt.Here in the bay area of Ca. I wish we would just get rain.It's great to see the community help each other in a disaster.